Just when you thought liberal punditry couldn't get any wackier, Newsweek columnist Anna Quindlen reveals yet a new level of insanity and calls for kids to be taught that sex is pleasurable.
I'm not kidding.
On the last page of the March 16th edition of Newsweek, the most ridiculous farce of a "news" magazine that ever existed, Quindlen says, "Even some of the comprehensive sex-ed curricula are incomplete. With their emphasis on HPV, STDs and problem pregnancies, they seem to ignore one critical point: pleasure. It's the equlivalent of talking about salmonella and forgetting to mention that food tastes good."
(Well, what would you expect from a magazine whose cover blatantly calls for muzzling Rush Limbaugh? Oh, I forgot, Newsweek didn't call for Rush to be silenced - they got a "conservative" to do it for them - David Frum, who is the most well-known, bona-fide conservative that you-never-heard-of - that is, before he attacked Rush, and despite the fact that he is a flaming liberal on many of the social issues. But I digress.)
Back to Quindlen. Hmmm.....when was the last time anyone needed to be told that "food tastes good" or that sex is "pleasurable" - especially teens? My goodness, Anna. Where have you been? In today's sex-saturated world about the only thing teens seem to understand about sex - whether they've had it or not - is that it can be great fun. Have you listened to pop music lately? Watched MTV - or any TV for that matter? Seen a Victoria's Secret window display? Been online? Do you not know that the media culture pushes the "fun" part about sex and forces our teens to think about it every time they turn around?
In addition to wanting educators to emphasize the pleasure of sex in the classroom, Quindlen actually does want a few elements of graphic "comprehensive sex education" programs deleted. But don't breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Rather, brace yourself for more absurdity. Ms Quindlen doesn't complain, say, about curricula that calls for kids to put condoms on bananas. Rather, what she doesn't appreciate are the depictions of the results of sexually transmitted diseases - specifically, the medical photographs of lesions caused by STD's. She arrogantly refers to them as the "eww factor". (I'm not making this stuff up, folks.) She also calls such inclusion of the dangers of STD's as "junk virginity pedagogy." In short, Quindlen wants America to teach her children less about the harms of sex outside of marriage, and more about the upside. What genius!
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